The Changing Light at Sandover (Paperback)

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Absolutely unlike anything I have ever read in my entire life, this 500-page tripartite poem deals with life, death, domesticity, cosmic history and everything in between. Communications between James Merrill and his partner David Jackson end up placing them in contact with Ephraim, a low level soul stranded in post-death bureacracy...and what they find will utterly blow your your mind beautifully. Read this and be awed.

— From Abe


A welcome return to paperback: James Merrill’s most famous and celebrated work.

About the Author

James Merrill was the author of thirteen books of poems as well as plays, novels, essays, reviews, and a memoir. He was the recipient of two National Book Awards, the Bollingen Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress, among other awards. He was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died in 1995.

Praise For…

“An astonishing performance . . . As near to [a masterpiece] as anything that American poetry has produced in the last two or three decades.” —The New York Review of Books

“James Merrill has created a poem as central to our generation as The Waste Land was to the one before.” —The New Leader

“In turns comic, elegiac, and darkly prophetic, Sandover is as ambitious in scope as it is audacious in concept . . . combining an epic intent with dramatic and lyric meanings and means. The result may be the greatest long poem an American has yet produced.” —Newsweek

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375711749
ISBN-10: 0375711740
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2011
Pages: 627
Language: English